Autonomous Adsorption Cooling - Driven by Heat Storage Collected from Solar Heat

K. C. Amanul Alam, Rifat Ara Rouf, Bidyut Baran Saha, M. Abdul Hakim Khan, Francis Meunier

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    This study investigates the performance of an adsorption chiller driven by thermal heat collected from solar collectors panels with heat storage. The heat is reserved in a storage tank and the reserved heat is used to drive the adsorption chiller. The investigation was carried on the climatic conditions of Dhaka, Bangladesh. Heat transfer fluid goes from the collectors to the adsorption cooling unit, then from the adsorption cooling unit to the storage tank. It is seen that heat storage is more effective than direct solar coupling; however, it requires more collectors, depending on the size of the storage tank. The analysis shows that cycle time is one of the most influential parameters for the solar-driven adsorption cooling system. It is seen that the size of the collector can be reduced if the proper cycle time is adjusted. The analysis also revealed that the system with 22 collectors (each of 2.415 m2) along with 1000 s cycle time provides better performance for the base run conditions. It is also seen that the solar-driven adsorption chiller with heat storage works well beyond the sunset time.

    Original languageEnglish
    Pages (from-to)640-649
    Number of pages10
    JournalHeat Transfer Engineering
    Issue number7-8
    Publication statusPublished - May 23 2016

    All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

    • Condensed Matter Physics
    • Mechanical Engineering
    • Fluid Flow and Transfer Processes


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